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Old 12.02.2021, 19:26
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Re: Coming to Geneva

Hi, and welcome to the forum! I hope you find a smooth transition into Swiss life. A few tips about the kids, in particular:

It will be most difficult to find a good position for your son, unless he is already fluent in French or has some sort of qualification the Swiss authorities will recognise. He is beyond the age of compulsory education, and might not fit easily into the Swiss education structure. It will be worthwhile spending a lot of effort checking out options before you arrive.
It might be difficult for your 13-year-old daughter, as well. She'd be the right age for the first or second year of secondary school, leaving only one or two years to prepare for the next stage of education, training, or work. Again, if she is fluent in French, things will go more smoothly.
You seven-year-old daughter should cause the least amount of difficulty in terms of fitting into the local school system. She's still young enough that learning the language should be relatively easy, although it will require a big effort at the start (which should be supported by the school authorities), and she has time to work out what she wants to do within the Swiss school structure before she has to make any decisions.

That said, good luck with your business and get started looking for teenage kid solutions! You could get the kids involved in that, especially the 17-year-old, as they're old enough to be involved in making these decisions. Just remember that "being involved" doesn't mean that they make the final call, as you are still the responsible adult in this situation. I've seen parents in the past who have let their teenage or pre-teen child make decisions such as this completely alone, and it hasn't gone well ... but their input will be useful and make them invested in the final decision.
Also, don't be afraid of choosing different schools for the different kids - possibly even one in private and the other two in public school. Look at what is best for each child (and you & your wife!), as it may be that one child really needs something different to their siblings. One of my sons had a classmate in his school whose twin brother was in a different school - one of the twins in public, the other in private - and it worked really well for both boys. The one in public school didn't resent his brother getting "special treatment" at a private school, and the one in private school had his particular needs met.

Last edited by araqyl; 12.02.2021 at 19:31. Reason: added final paragraph
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